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Banksy's The Banality of the Banality of Evil Sells for $615,000

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Banksy's The Banality of the Banality of Evil was sold at auction on Thursday evening for $615,000. Proceeds will benefit New York-based AIDS/HIV nonprofit Housing Works.

The 36 x 24.5 inch oil painting went up for sale on the website on Tuesday, the same day it was donated to Housing Work's 23rd Street thrift shop. Bidding started at $74,000.

The original landscape was purchased at the store earlier this month. Banksy painted an S.S. officer (the Fürer himself?) into the picture, and it was re-donated to the store. (Here are a few other monsters added to thrift store paintings that we love.) It was the antepenultimate piece in the artist's month-long New York residency.

How did Banksy become so able to make so much money? What makes him so worthy?

Post-Modernism, Andy Warhol, Graffiti, Art Industry Hype, and Cinderella/Underdog Hype

Ah. Not replicable.

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